New longer opening hours for your convenience


At Orchard Vets the patient always comes first. We understand that your pets are more than just animals, they are much loved family members. But we also know that as a pet owner, your life can be hectic too. That’s why our veterinary surgery in Glastonbury is now open later in the evenings and longer at weekends to make things as simple and convenient as possible for you.


New opening times

Monday – Friday   8am – 7pm
(Wednesday LATE NIGHT OPENING until 8pm)

Saturday   9am – 1pm
Sunday   10am – 1pm


The best in animal care, the best in client care

Our surgery covers Glastonbury, Street, Wells, Shepton Mallet and the surrounding villages. So if you are looking for a veterinary practice with a friendly, professional team and unrivalled facilities, why not get in touch?


Telephone: 01458 832972  Email: or just pop in and see us.

Bailey versus the Ibuprofen!


In a previous post we covered Christmas food and other festive items that can pose a danger to our pets. We thought it also might be an idea to mention a case that came in where Bailey the puppy managed to get hold of his owners hangover cure! It turned out Bailey was a little more agile than his owners had realised. At the age of 8 weeks, he managed to scramble onto a coffee table they didn’t think he could reach, and chewed up three ibuprofen tablets – more than the standard dose for an adult human, let alone a five kilogram puppy!


Act fast…

Bailey’s owners contacted us as soon as they realised what had happened, and this undoubtedly made a huge difference to the outcome. They rushed him down to the surgery and Bailey got an injection to make him sick. The poor little chap brought up his breakfast with, hopefully, at least some of the ibuprofen. Unfortunately, ibuprofen can be absorbed within 30 minutes, so Bailey was going to have to stay with us. Ibuprofen is never a suitable painkiller for a dog, even in a very small dose, but Bailey had eaten so much there was a real danger he might go into kidney failure as a result. He was also very likely to develop an irritated gut, possibly even a gastric ulcer.


Tender, loving care (and eyes in the back of your head!)

Bailey stayed with us for two nights and three days. Luckily for him, he wasn’t feeling unwell at all, as his owners had contacted us straight away, rather than waiting until he showed signs of illness. Unfortunately for us, that meant trying to keep him out of trouble was a 24-hour-a-day job; particularly when he was treating his IV drip line as a chew toy!


All’s well that ends well

Luckily for Bailey, his second blood sample showed no sign of kidney damage. However, it would be some time before we could say he was out of the woods. He went home, but came back in three days later for another blood test – fortunately all was well, and thankfully, he has managed to avoid eating anything else that he shouldn’t!


Keep them safe

At Christmas time we hear lots about foods, such as chocolate and raisins, which you shouldn’t feed your pets (for more information CLICK HERE); but it’s important to be sure that anything dangerous is safely out of reach – from medications on hand to nurse a Christmas hangover, to electrical cords from Christmas lights that a curious pet might chew on. Even medications that are commonly and safely used in humans can be dangerous for pets – a tiny dose of paracetamol can be fatal for a cat for instance – so never dose a pet with medication at home unless specifically advised by your own vet.

If you are worried your pets are unwell over the festive season, please contact the surgery on 01458 832972 for immediate advice.


Dr Lucy Fleming BVSc MSc MRCVS
(with grateful thanks to Bailey’s owners for allowing us to share his story)

Dairy Herd Health & Fertility’ Meeting


Orchard Vets has a team of farm animal specialists that cover Glastonbury, Street and the surrounding Somerset villages. We understand the importance of sharing information, and never is this more relevant than in the farming community. And although we know that all farms face different challenges, there are certain ‘constants’ that will help us all to maintain healthy herds while maximising production.

As part of this ethos, we run regular Farmers Meetings that are open to not just our existing Orchard clients, but any farmer or livestock owner that would like to attend. We try to cover subjects that are important to you and relevant to the farming calendar, together with new developments in farm veterinary care. We are always open to suggestions though, so if there is a topic you would like us to cover, please feel free to contact us.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 9th January 2018


 12 noon to 2pm

Topics include; fertility benchmarking and performance in key areas, current guidelines and targets for antibiotic use in the dairy sector – and new Nottingham based research, your antibiotic use for 2017 and discussion…


Please contact us on 01458 832972 if you’d like to attend.

You couldn’t wish for a better veterinary team to help you grow and develop your business in the best way possible.  So to find out more why not get in touch…

Telephone: 01458 832972  Email: or just pop in and see us.

Welcome to our new website!


New logo. New website. Same great service!

At Orchard Vets we have always prided ourselves on good old fashioned care, compassion and customer service. And although our vets are continually updating their knowledge and skills in order to remain at the cutting edge of veterinary care, and year on year we invest in our unrivalled practice facilities; we have been guilty of neglecting our website, branding and general image.  To be fair, as we say “The patient always comes first”, but to be honest an overhaul was long overdue.


Pet owner or farmer – there’s something for everyone.

You will notice around the practice and on correspondence that we have a shiny new logo – we hope you like it!  We also needed a new website that would better represent our practice, and the range of services and facilities that we offer. The tricky thing was to design a site that would work for both our pet owners and our farm clients.  We have managed this by using different highlight colours – green for pets and blue for farms.  So if you are a pet owner and the logo and highlights are green – you’re on the right page.  Equally, our farm clients will notice a blue logo in the header whenever they are on a farm related page.  Like a lot of things – it sounds complicated but it isn’t. Just jump on and start clicking!


It’s good to talk!

Ultimately though, the purpose of the site is to give you an overview of our practice and services. What we really want to do is talk to you! So whether you are a caring and concerned pet owner, or a farmer looking for help and support to grow your business, get in touch. Orchard Vets is the practice for you!

Pet owners – Telephone 01458 832972 or email

Farm clients – Telephone 01458 832972 or email

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Coccidiosis Update


Coccidiosis is a problem of intensively-reared lambs and calves, occurring primarily indoors where stocking densities are high but may also occur in young animals at pasture, where there is heavy contamination around feed troughs in creep areas during warm wet weather. Loss of gut absorptive capacity results in profuse diarrhoea. Morbidity is high but mortality, even in severe cases, is usually low. Convalescence is protracted in all cases resulting in poor growth rates, increased age at first calving, and lengthy delays to finishing for meat animals, not to mention the extra feeding costs.


Control and treatment

Animals must be moved from infected pastures/premises as soon as disease becomes apparent. Decoquinate (Deccox sheep premix), Diclazuril (Vecoxan) and Toltrazuril (Baycox) can be used for the treatment and prophylaxis of Coccidiosis and the choice of medication will depend upon individual farm circumstances. Toltrazuril has a longer duration of action so one dose is all that is necessary. Timing is less critical but the ideal timing of treatment has been shown to be a week after turn-out onto contaminated land or a week before expected clinical disease.

Various studies have shown that, in the face of a Coccidia challenge, animals treated with either Diclazuril or Toltrazuril shed fewer Coccidia oocysts, have less or no diarrhoea and grow faster than untreated lambs. A single dose of Toltrazuril has been shown to be more effective at reducing the numbers of oocysts shed than either a single or double dose of Diclazuril, resulting in less contamination of the pasture and thus a lower challenge facing the next batch of animals.

Control also involves avoidance of faecal contamination of bedding/pasture around feed troughs. Ensure clean bedding especially around feed areas, move feed hoppers regularly. Creep areas at pasture can become heavily contaminated especially during wet weather therefore the troughs must be moved daily.


Further information…

If you are at all worried about Coccidiosis, or would like to discuss the available control and treatment options, get in touch with one of our farm specialist veterinary surgeons on 01458 832972 or email

Ho Ho Hold On…don’t give that to the dog (or cat)!


The John Lewis ad is out and Michael Buble is on the radio. This can mean only one thing…Christmas is coming! It is a time when most of us indulge a little, and we don’t want our pets to feel left out.  Some surveys suggest that around 90% of pet owners buy their furry, feathered or scaly family members a present, and almost 20% spend more on their pets than their mother in law.  Some of those presents include tasty treats, but as ever, we wanted to give everyone a quick reminder of the treats that dogs or cats shouldn’t have, as some can cause serious health problems.



Most dog owners know by now that chocolate is a big no-no for dogs.  One of the ingredients, theobromine, can cause a rapid irregular heart beat and seizures and toxicity can be (though thankfully rarely is) fatal.  Theobromine is more concentrated in dark chocolate than milk, especially good quality cooking chocolate.  There isn’t any in white chocolate, but the sugar and dairy content could still cause a tummy upset, so best to stick to chocolate substitute drops made specially for dogs!  Don’t forget how sensitive dogs’ noses are, so if you gift chocolate to a pet owning friend remember to warn them to keep it out of reach and not under the tree!


Grapes, raisins and currants

In some cases, grapes or raisins can cause dogs to become severely unwell, even going into acute kidney failure.  With Christmas cakes and puddings being baked at this time of year people often have more of these products in the kitchen than normal, and we’ve dealt with a few cases of dogs having thieved the entire stock!  Luckily all have been dealt with simply as the owners have presented them as soon as they ate the raisins.  Unfortunately, it’s not known exactly what makes grapes and raisins toxic, or why some dogs appear to be severely affected by only a very small amount, so we recommend keeping all mince pies, Christmas cake and Stollen well out of reach – so they don’t end up stolen!



Alcohol affects dogs and cats the same way as humans, but due to their small size, much more quickly and severely, and alcohol poisoning might develop.  Most pets won’t readily drink alcoholic beverages due to their unpleasant taste (remember how horrid your first glass of wine tasted?) but sweet mixers could disguise it, so make sure drinks are also kept out of reach.


Onions and garlic

Onions and garlic aren’t highly toxic, but ingestion of very large quantities can lead to tummy upsets or destruction of red blood cells (anaemia) so they are best avoided.


Bones and leftovers

Although table scraps aren’t toxic, they can cause some problems if offered to pets.  Cooked poultry bones splinter easily into sharp fragments which can damage the mouth or gut, so aren’t a suitable treat.  Very high levels of fat in meals can also lead to pancreatitis for pets, which could potentially mean a lengthy hospital stay suffering with nausea and vomiting, and severe abdominal pain.  A little bit of lean turkey meat is probably ok as a treat (if there are any leftovers!) but hold the skin and gravy.  Oh, and just like humans, dogs eating sprouts can produce some fairly toxic gases of their own, so you have been warned.


Other Christmas hazards

A Christmas tree in the corner of a room can be too much temptation for cats and kittens and they might try to climb it, possibly leading to injury to themselves or family members.  Tinsel looks like a great fun toy too, but if eaten can cause severe gut problems as it attempts to pass through, acting as a linear foreign body and needing emergency surgery to remove.  Chewing on Christmas light cables could lead to electrocution (cats, kittens and puppies and pet rabbits find them particular temptation) so best keep them unplugged and prevent unsupervised access to the tree!



No matter how careful you are, accidents do happen. If your pet is injured or unwell over the Christmas period, we don’t advise attempting to treat them at home, since some human medications can be very dangerous to pets.  Contact the surgery on 01458 832972 for advice, or information about how to contact the duty vet for an out-of-hours emergency appointment.